Slow food and wineChocolate and Gianduja cream, Martini and the ritual of the aperitif, great wine and the finest Italian cuisine: in Piedmont food is pleasure and culture at the same time.
Torino is the heart of gastronomy in the Piemonte. Chocolate – the favorite dalicacy of the House of Savoy since the 17th century and now brought to the highest level of excellence by numerous artisan workshops – is simply the sweetest of Torino’s inventions.
Another great recipe of skilled infusions of flavor is bitter: vermouth, a wine mixed with thirteen herbs and spices that Antonio Benedetto Carpano began to pour in piazza Castello in 1786. The world’s most famous drink is to this day the protagonist of a ritual that is 100% Torino: the aperitif.
It is celebrated in the most modern spots as well as in time- honored cafés. One of the world’s richest cuisine can be found at the table: breadsticks, agnolotti stuffed pasta, the bagna caoda, boiled meats, cheese, the very precious truffle: all of which are accompanied by great red wines from the Piemonte region such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera.
The founding of Eataly, Italy’s first flavour mega-store, is also recent. Built in the area of historical Carpano plants, next to the Lingotto: it is an authentic “wine and food city”, a result of a collaboration with Slow Food. In Torino, food is not only flavor, but first and foremost a matter of culture.
Wines and Vines....
Hilly stretches as far as the eye can see, on which ancient villages and castles are perched, a succession of gentle slopes planted with vines the rows of which make geometric shapes: this is the magnificent scenery of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, which has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
These strips of land that extend into lively shapes, modulated by the changing of the seasons, represent the outstanding quality of the Piedmont landscape and its profound and living culture of wine. These areas produce wines of international quality and excellence - such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Asti Spumante and Barbera d'Asti - made thanks to a rich heritage of knowledge and techniques, based on the deep knowledge of the vines cultivated here for centuries (Nebbiolo, Moscato Bianco, Barbera).
Home to some of the best gastronomic alchemy in Italy, Bra is the small, unassuming Piedmontese town where the Slow Food Movement first took root in 1986. The initial manifest ignited a global crusade against fast food. The backlash worked and Bra happily broadcasts its success.
There are no cars and no supermarkets in this refreshingly laid-back town's historic centre, where small, family-run shops are replete with organic sausages, handcrafted chocolates and fresh local farm produce.